March 23, 2010

It's a Blog-eat-Blog World but I've got a Friend

My lovely friend Kate, over at has seen fit to provide me with the right to call my blog 'award-winning'. I've always thought this a cool award because I do aim, above all, to be an honest writer, so thank you Kate! The deal is, in order to claim the award, I have to list ten things my friends may not already know about me. I have thought long and hard about these ten things in order to make this list at least somewhat interesting. So, here goes: Rebecca S.' top ten interesting personal facts.

1. I once swore at a campaigning politician visiting my high school, in front of the whole school. The fact that he went on to do great things for his riding is beside the point.

2. I've been in four car accidents (3 of them in winter, 2 while I was driving), and visit the chiropractor and a massage therapist once a month to maintain mobility in my neck and upper back after injuring them a few times. When I think about it, I feel lucky to be alive.

3. When I was a baby I pulled a lamp into my crib, which smouldered and burnt me, filling my lungs with smoke. I spent several weeks in the hospital with pneumonia and drove the nurses crazy by repeatedly poking holes in my oxygen tents.

4. I want a dog, but I don't want to pick up the poop.

5. Someday I'm going to go to the U.K. and tour all those beautiful old castles and manor houses, and their gardens that I've held a fascination for all my life. I'm also going to have some fish and chips and some pints with Julie Walters and Helen Mirren while I'm there.

6. Having a family is the best thing that has ever happened to me. When I gave birth to my first son I knew that I had finally really done something good, and it was very empowering. Three more children cemented the fact.

7. When I was eleven or so my mom hauled my skinny butt off to the doctor because she thought there was something seriously wrong with me. It turned out I just really hated school.

8. Music and art feed my soul. I get a wrenching in my gut when I see, read, or hear something beautiful. I'm an emotional being but can pull myself together when necessary - or my children would be embarrassed to be seen with me at any function.

9. I've never lived alone, but that doesn't mean I've never been lonely.

10. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of prayer and the necessity of patience, but I don't talk about it much. Maybe this will change as I get older and care less what people think, or rather, care differently.

Thank you for reading my list. I'm not sure if I am supposed to pass the Honest Scrap award on to anyone. Kate?


  1. Can you not bring the dog into the woods to "go". Why do you need to pick it up.
    But if you are in any way houseproud the hair in everything will drive you insane. Or sane whichever way you want to look at it. At one point I had notions of herbaceous borders, but when I had to plant tulip bulbs with the dog inside so as to prevent her from being helpful, I knew shrugs were the way to go.

  2. If it were that simple I would have a dog, but there are other reasons - mainly, that we'd have to built a better fence along the back. I live in a neighbourhood where you must have a fence for a dog or keep it inside all the time (except for walkies, though). That would be okay for a tiny dog but I don't want a tiny dog, I want one that can go for long runs with me. And the hair would drive my husband nuts.
    So in this case, shrugs are the way to go.

  3. Well, you were/are a little spit-fire. Good for you. You present yourself as so mild mannered. Must be a Canadian thing. :)

    I must post my list soon so that I can claim my award. Yeehaw!!! I feel as though I am in good company. But I had a "thing" screaming ot get out of me head to day. Maybe tomorrow.

  4. I agree that children make it all worth while. And time does make you worry less about what people think. Congrats on the award.

  5. Most people say I'm mild mannered, heck, I think I'm mild mannered. But when an issue really pushes my buttons or something then I do get pretty hot under the collar - and then we're all surprised!
    Looking forward to you list. I feel I'm in good company, too!

  6. Lady Cat snuck in there while I was responding to Tracey's comment. Thank you Lady Cat, and that is good to know.

  7. Greetings from Missouri, USA.

    Thanks for visiting my place, such as it is. Please feel to stop by anytime. The more the merrier, as they say.

    Alas, I must retire for an early day (4:00 AM) tomorrow for a long car trip due to my business, but I shall return to read a few more of your entries.

    BTW, my wife and I love B.C. Victoria truly is a wonderful place.


  8. owweee, the car accident injuries sound painful. but maybe that and the crib injury (you must've given you mum a heart attack!) made you just a bit feisty. Fun tidbits about you, rebecca s!

  9. R. Sherman: Thank you for stopping by, too. I found your blog on Vince's 'Reeds' by the way.

    Barbara: The injuries aren't too bad if I look after myself properly. I know pretty quickly if I haven't been!


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